I was strongly impressed by what Liz Lerman and the University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra managed to do last week with Debussy’s ”Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun,” and I said so in my review. I’m not recommending that everyone rush out and try to do this kind of thing, or saying that it’s a model to which all should aspire: just that it’s a powerful reminder of some of the possibilities of classical music that often remain unexplored, and a remarkable teaching tool that I doubt any of the student players who participated will ever forget.
Fortunately, the performance was videotaped, so you can form your own opinion. What do you think?
Above: The students of the University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra worked with Liz Lerman to find a new approach to performing Debussy.